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Young Aids worker, Swaziland-bound

AN Ennis youth worker is heading to Swaziland next week to work with teenagers who have been affected by AIDS.

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District governor role for Terence

PROMINENT Ennis businessman Terence Mangan has been appointed as the new district governor of the Lions Clubs of Ireland.Mr Mangan, from Cahercalla Road, formally accepted the chain of office at a special ceremony in The Old Ground Hotel last Saturday.He has devoted 23 years to raising funds for those in need and has been a voluntary worker since 1987 with the Lions International agency – firstly with the Lions Club of Ennis and since then, at national and international level where he has established a reputation for raising thousands of euro at home and overseas. The event last weekend was attended by a large group of Lions Club members from all over Ireland and the special guest was the Australian ambassador to Ireland, Bruce Davis. Speaking after his appointment this week, Mr Mangan said, “The need for service has never been greater. As the largest humanitarian service organisation in the world, Lions Clubs are dependent on the voluntary work of …

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Show me the motions

CLARE County Council has been asked by Ennis Councillor Johnny Flynn to give a progress report on adopted notices of motions at the Ennis East Electoral Area Committee since the local elections in June 2009 at each bimonthly meeting.Councillor Flynn said that the purpose of his request is to improve efficiency of delivery of service and to avoid duplication. Ennis town clerk, Eddie Power, responded that it is the general policy and practice to respond positively to notice of motions in preparing a reply. “Consideration has to be given to the particular circumstances and to the availability of financial resources,” he said.With that in mind, he said that the council is not in a position to establish a tracking process or reporting procedure in respect of motions adopted at area committee level. “In practice, proposers of motions are in the best position to know if action required in particular circumstances was or was not carried out. Having regard to the …

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New job for Joe with help of CSES

CUSACK Lawn man Joe Dillon has landed himself a job after proving to a potential employer what he was capable of.Joe, who has an intellectual disability, has a wealth of experience of working in a catering environment and was keen to find work in Ennis. He went to Clare Supported Employment Service (CSES), a FÁS-funded agency that provides a free and innovative recruitment service for job-seekers with a disability and businesses in County Clare. Joe wanted to explore employment options that might be open to him. Employment facilitator at CSES, Lorraine Hughes soon got a good idea of his capabilities, skills and interests and approached Hillary Davis, owner of Barney’s Kidzclub, Ennis, to discuss the potential of an unpaid work trial for Joe.Keen to give Joe an opportunity to show what he could do, Hilary gave Joe his chance to shine by taking him on as a general assistant in her children’s activity centre, café, deli and sandwich bar. As …

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Contracts signed for new youth centre

TOWN Council officials and building contractors Gildoc Ltd signed the contract for the new youth and community resource building at Cloughleigh Road last Friday.

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Dementia unit ‘not a priority’

The Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, Minister Áine Brady, has confirmed to Fine Gael’s deputy spokesperson on foreign affairs, Pat Breen that the development of a dementia unit at the Clarecastle Day Care Centre is not “considered an immediate priority”.

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Garden sculpture is vandalised

VANDALS have damaged the hands of a sculpture in the Remembrance Garden in Cloughleigh. Last Thursday, Anne McCullagh, who was one of the parents instrumental in establishing the garden 10 years ago, discovered the damage to the statue on a visit to the garden.The hands of the statue, which are joined in a prayer-like pose, were broken apart and knocked off. “This is so upsetting. Why would anyone do this? It’s not the first time vandals have damaged the statue, or got at other parts of the garden, including the plants. I’m sick to the teeth of this now. People have no respect,” she said. She said that people who work in stone-masonry have told her that it would have taken anybody a long time to cause this kind of damage to the statue. “Part of the hands have literally been hacked off. Surely somebody must have seen someone or a group up to no good in the garden,” she …

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World Cup excitement kicks off

ENNIS will host its own mini-World Cup this Sunday, with 12 multicultural teams from all over Clare vying for a place in the semi-final, which will be part of the county’s Intercultural Festival the following weekend.Alphonse Basogomba of the Clare Intercultural Festival explained that there has been a soccer tournament as part of the festival each year since the festival began six years ago. “It’s always a very popular part of the festival, but this year to capture some of the World Cup fever, we decided to make it into Clare’s own mini World Cup. So 12 teams will be narrowed down to four this Sunday, coinciding with the real World Cup Final,” he said.The mini-World Cup will be played this Sunday afternoon in the Ennis Leisure World on the Showgrounds Road. “Many different countries will be represented on teams including Nigeria, South Africa, France, Poland and Ireland as well as Travellers. Some teams will be of mixed nationalities, while …

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